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DIY Moroccan Zen Room

Published on: Jun 10th 2016, Friday
Category: Residential

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The customs, traditions and decorating style of Morocco have a storied and diverse past. They're bright, colourful and it have distinctive personalities. Rich, luxurious and exotic, the style has bold colours and shapes that make it a favourite of many interior designers. Moroccan décor is perfect for anyone with an eclectic personality.

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But it’s when you combine the bright cheery Moroccan style with the tranquillity of Japanese Zen designs that the true magic occurs. Our homes should be the place where we feel most calm and at peace. What better style to promote these feelings of serenity than a Zen-inspired space, especially when it can balance both contemporary flair and colourful accents in a hip, elegant fashion. If you would like to create your own Moroccan Zen Room, here are our tips.

1. Go with Bold Colours
The colours embraced in traditional Moroccan interiors range from bold and brilliant to subtle and subdued. Most often the colour scheme reflects either desert or ocean hues. 

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Look to pair reds, oranges, greens and blues with Zen-like neutrals or a calming colour-washed background for a stunning look. Plenty of pillows, rugs and pouffes on low height seating can add more of a traditional touch to your home, too.
2. Look for Ornate and Plush Furniture
Delicately carved furniture and plush upholstered pieces are staples of Moroccan interiors. Seats with their bases carved, chests, coffee tables and side tables often contrast with plush couches, pouffes or floor cushions within a single room. Keep the seating low and let the rug be of a light colour to create a more Zen ambience for that space.Plush divans and chairs will also add a more authentic look. 
3. Pay Close Attention to the Rug
For centuries, some of the world’s most distinct rugs have been created by Moroccans. Adding a brightly hued Moroccan rug with a pretty pattern to a Zen-like living room with a neutral colour palette is a wonderful option.

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Avoid loud and extremely intricate patterned rugs or carpets as they would take the balance out of the space and give it a jarring look which you certainly don't want in a "Zen" room. 
4. Pick Ethnic Textiles
Silks or other gauzy textiles are some Moroccan fabrics that can be used and layered as room dividers, draperies or furniture protectors. You can always turn these textiles into pillows or floor cushions for a more Zen-like effect or drape a few yards over furniture or above outdoor spaces.

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One needs to be a little careful as it's easy to get a little confused between Moroccan ethnicity with Indian ethnic design. Although there's a smilirity, Indian colors tend to be a little brighter for most part while Moroccan, a little more subdued and earthy. In most cases, either could work for you, but try not to mix colours too much. 
5. Choose Moroccan Inspired Accents
Many Moroccan motifs can be found at tile retailers. Their classic, bold look works well in a Zen-like setting. Adding a patterned design to your floors or walls further boosts the overall design of the theme chosen. Also, Moroccan lanterns made from metal, with intricate designs, will go very well with a calming Zen decor. Hang a small cluster in a room corner or as a focal point over the coffee table.

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